Na­tional Botanic Gar­den’s Welsh An­tiques Fair and Vin­tage Mar­ket will be packed with trea­sures

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THE ever-pop­u­lar Welsh An­tiques Fair and Vin­tage Mar­ket held at the Na­tional Botanic Gar­den of Wales on Satur­day, July 7 and Sun­day, July 8 will be play­ing host to some amaz­ing col­lec­tions.

De­mand is high, so fans of col­lectibles, cu­rios and clas­sic an­tiques should make their way to the var­i­ous Botanic Gar­den venues – in­clud­ing the Lord Foster-de­signed Great Glasshouse – for dis­plays of Welsh art and pot­tery, qual­ity jew­ellery and an out­stand­ing glass pa­per­weight col­lec­tion, plus rare col­lec­tions of coins.

A rare Amer­i­can-cast Mon­key Bank money box will be on show at the fair. Al­though to­day most peo­ple de­posit their sav­ings in banks, many have a money box at home, in some shape or form. The con­tent of money boxes is real “trea­sure”, es­pe­cially for small chil­dren who can gain an un­der­stand­ing of sav­ing in this way. How­ever the ori­gin of sav­ing coins dates back to the dis­tant past. This rare cast metal money box on dis­play dates back to the last cen­tury. Th­ese me­chan­i­cal money boxes were in­tended for ad­ver­tis­ing pur­poses and orig­i­nated in the USA. Move­ment of a small lever pushed the coin to the right place. They came in all shapes. The one on dis­play de­picts a cheeky mon­key de­posit­ing a coin in the shoe-shiner’s box. Th­ese types of money box were very pop­u­lar with chil­dren and are highly sought af­ter.

The suc­cess of this fair is mainly down to its unique set­ting, the Great Glasshouse, de­signed by Nor­man Foster.

There is also a hid­den gem tucked away be­side the Mil­len­nium Court­yard – the large wed­ding mar­quee – where you will find a large range of pine and oak fur­ni­ture, rare books, treen and Ewenny pot­tery.

Theatr Botan­ica houses taxi­dermy and the ex­otic, and yet more an­tiques are in the Gallery room. The fair has also ex­panded into the Mil­len­nium Court­yard, fill­ing it with a vin­tage an­tiques mar­ket.

The pres­ti­gious Na­tional Botanic Gar­den of Wales nes­tles into the Car­marthen­shire coun­try­side on the out­skirts of Car­marthen and is just 15 min­utes from the end of the M4.

The fair opens at 10am and closes at 4.30pm. Ad­mis­sion to the Gar­den and for the an­tiques week­end is just £5. Dogs are wel­come.

Rare Amer­i­can-cast Mon­key Bank money box

Welsh An­tiques Fair and Vin­tage Mar­ket held at the Na­tional Botanic Gar­den of Wales

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